Chang: Thai in Lusaka!
In Arcades area, you need to walk a bit behind Rhapsody's to find Chang, it has a nice seat outdoors. The food is tasty and not expensive. You must try stir fried duck with basil and pork/beef with cashwe nuts.
Favorite Dish: You must try stir fried duck with basil and pork/beef with cashwe nuts.
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Mint Lounge: Best Cafe in Lusaka
For me that's the best place to have breakfast, brunch, cafe, or dessert in Lusaka. Indoor and outdoor sitting, outdoor sitting is just lovely.Not expensive. The place is always full of expatriats. I like the burgers there!
Favorite Dish: Burgers
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Portico: Outdoor Italian
Portico is probably one of Lusaka's best restaurants. Situated near the Lusaka Polo Grounds, Portico has beautiful decor and great outdoor seating. When one enters the restaurant it almost (ALMOST) feels a bit New York chic. Pretty impressive for Lusaka! We were impressed.
The Italian food served at Portico is much less inspired than the decor, but is decent. Standard Italian fare is served, including an extensive list of pizzas and calzones. The calzone I had was a bit bland, but not terrible. I also heard some positive remarks about the steak a colleague ordered. All in all though, the quality of the food is somewhat out of wack with the outstanding ambiance of the restaurant itself. We also found the service to be very slow, though friendly.
You will likely leave feeling a bit disappointed, though with few really good restaurant options in Lusaka, like most, you will probably return.
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Dong Fang: So-So Chinese
What can you really expect from a Chinese restaurant in Lusaka, Zambia? My expectations for Dong Fang were pretty low and they were only slightly exceeded.
Located in a mansion style home in the Longacres community, Dong Fang has seating for about 100 in one large dining room. The menu was fairly impressive, with a number of pork, chicken, vegitarian, beef and seasfood option. All fairly standard fare, but everything you would expect from a Chinese restaurant anywhere in the world.
We ordered the chili pork and the beef with onions, along with a half order of dumplings and rice. The chili pork was pretty pathetic -- lacking in flavor and not nearly as spicy as I was expecting. The beef with onions was only slightly better, though had stronger flavors. Perhaps the best dish we had were the beef dumplings -- which were fried nicely and had a nice ground beef filling. Overall, we were not impressed with the food -- the fact that we didn't take our leftovers to go was symbolic of this.
As for service, it was fairly uninspired. Not bad, but nothing special.
I probably won't return to this restaurant, just because I know there is better Asian food to be had in this sleepy city. Try this place, but don't expect to love it.
Favorite Dish: Fried beef dumplings
Pizza Inn: Pizza Inn, the Bonjour centre
There are some restaurants in Northmead, off Great East Road. Pizza Inn in the Bonjour centre is just a fastfood Pizza eathouse. A small pizza costs 35,000 Kwacha (7 USD). A can of coke costs 6000 Kwacha.
Favorite Dish: Pizza.
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The Terrace: A restaurant in the center
The Terrace is in a very good location in the center of Lusaka, at the Lusaka Hotel on Cairo Road and serves grill foods and snacks. The athmosphere is nice and the poolside location great. However, the meal I ate was one of the worst ones I've ever eaten in a restaurant.
O'Hagan's Irish Pub: The only Irish pub in town
O'Hagan's Irish Pub is my favourite eatery in Lusaka. It belongs to the South African O'Hagan's chain.
O'Hagan's is the only place in Lusaka to serve Guinness and other excellent Irish beers. The atmoshphere is relaxed and there is a TV for watching football and other sports.
Chit Chat: Nice Outdoor Restaurant
In the midst of the dusty barron streets of Lusaka, Chit Chat stands out as a true success. With romantic outdoor seating, a diverse menu that include both the familiar and the exotic, and a friendly staff, Chit Chat is a must for visitors to Lusaka.
On the winter evening we spent at Chit Chat the weather was nice and sitting outside with the stand-up heaters was perfect. The menu consists of many items that you might find at a standard Americana restaurant -- wraps, sandwiches, pizza, but also has a surprising list of Pan-Asian cuisine, including stir fry, etc.
For Lusaka, the prices are somewhat high - expect to pay $15 per person with drinks.
Favorite Dish: I really enjoyed the Chicken Teryaki wraps with potato wedges.
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Chatters: Some Zambian Style Food...and Others.
This restaurant is actually attached to the hotel I stayed at. And since the tab was picked up for this too, I didn't hesitate to EAT ON UP!! The dishes were very well made. I ate there several times for dinner and was pleased with pretty much everything I ate. They even serve a little game meat. I am not sure if it changes over time, but I had impala. They also prepare "traditional" Zambian sauces with several of the dishes as well. It's well worth eating at if you want a great meal.
Favorite Dish: fried prawns
LA Ranch: Halal Indian Food with a Flare
Located down the street from the Intercontinental and next to the BP station, this upstairs eatery is a real find amidst all of Lusaka's Indian restaurants. It is quiet and cozy and has a few tables on the balcony overlooking a main shopping area.
Favorite Dish: Murgh methi - or chicken cooked with fenugreek leaves. it is rich and creamy with just the right amount of peppers for a western palate.
Dannys: Excellent Indian Food in a Pleasant Environment
Dannys is set in a small shaded compound with an excellent porch. The Punjabi owner serves authentic Punjabi coking with local ingredients. Prices are very reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Dal Makhini - creamy mix of dals accompanied by garlic nan.
The Marlin: Best Steak in Lusaka
Boasting a Creole menu this place has plenty of atmosphere and the best pepper steak in town. Its a real businessman's dinner club and open to the public.
Favorite Dish: Pepper steak: tender, juicy and a tangy pepper cream sauce.
In Lusaka, Zambia...
In Lusaka, Zambia there are several very good Indian food restaurants in town. My favorite was Shenai, located in Northmead, off of Great East Road. They were closed on Mondays, but every other night, the food was all right!
It's just really good Indian food. Although, I have some Indian friends in Lusaka who say Dani's (in Longacres at the end of Independence Avenue) is better and that Shenai is 's**t'. I disagree.
Favorite Dish: I used to get chicken Mukhanwala with plain yogurt and three garlic naan. Very nice. Double gin & tonic, and we're all set. A typical bill was ten USD, and I always left satisfied.
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